Tuesday, August 18, 2009

District 9 review

With an immense demographic variety responding with positive regard to the now critically acclaimed District 9, I'm surprised, and bewildered, that I thought it was just okay. Though, it was a bit lengthy, the documentary style filming technique with unknown actors (and Peter Jackson's name) worked well. Then there's a lot of talk of whether or not there will be a second movie, with people sounding very intelligent lately, saying things like,

"I like District 9 for being an original sci-fi movie with social commentary on post-colonial theory--regarding appropriation of cultural commodities, authoritative hegemony, technological and semantic disconnect, colonial points of impact, etc; but if the plan is to release a second film, I will quickly take back my positive regard for the film because I'll know then that the film makers are just trying to make money off people with the lack of closure they provided from an open ended conclusion and very ambiguous sense of what happens to all the nasty characters which we grew to adore..."

I've got a question: Who would really gives a damn about a second movie? So the bug people led by a smart bug named Christopher get rescued and chibber-chabber on another planet with a butt load of hoarded cat food and that jerk main character changes into the jerk main character again; then what? The Nigerians who curiously act like feral cannibals eat everybody to get their powers and slice cow heads like butchers in Mad Max and the science research people who love killing things for the sake of figuring things out start a revolutionary square dance contest...

District 9, to me, was way over hyped over kitschy sci-fi bug drama. It reminded me of the movie The Fly with Jeff Goldblum, mixed with a dash of Men in Black and ET, even though the floating ship in the poster just sits there--out of gas, or something.

I admit my favorite part had to be the miniature alien bug baby computer prodigy. Thank goodness for that guy. Without him, the overall cuteness of the film would've relied mostly on a squishy semi-mutated monster hand and back door alien porn in headlines alone. Though, the high tech robot suit with rocket launchers and space lasers was great too; bringing with it the very necessary component of combusting violent military people like human pinatas. And what's a good time without pinatas? Sheeeit.


Sean Weatherby said...

D-9 definitely has a lot going for it -- character development, great acting a at least a few people, awesome alien weapons; it felt a bit preachy at times at different times though

F said...

Your review reminds me of a scene in Tommy Boy where David Spade's character is speaking with a gas station employee:

Employee: I'm picking up your sarcasm.
Spade: Well, I should hope so, because I'm laying it on pretty thick.

Sabra Embury said...

Sean: I agree that D-9 had awesome alien weapons. And character development. I my biggest beef with the film comes from my let down of having expectations for something extra spectacular is all. I mean, I know, expectations are for morons i this day and age of heartache and disappointment, with the economy's crisis making it hard to meet people, since bars cost too much...anyway, what I received for my $12.50 ended up feeling like it should've only cost me a fiver. Otherwise, D-9 was a fairly good time, though the beginning dragged a good deal and the squid arm looked less than delicious. Like not even with lots of basil butter sauce. Or tarter.

F: I mean, the movie was ookkaay...

F said...

Oh no, forgive me if I gave the wrong impression. The movie was just "meh" for me as well. The whole 'Rambo' bit at the end was a direction I'd wished they hadn't taken as the setup I felt was fairly strong.

Sabra Embury said...

I bet Kanye really liked District 9.

F said...

Yeah, it deserved more commercial time than that Inglourius Basterds, fuckin' Tarantino.


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